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February 2015

INBA Board Member Makes a Move

INBA Board Member Will Stevenson will be leaving his position as News Director at WGIL-AM in Galesburg, to join the reporting staff at WTAX-AM in Springfield.  There, he will work for another Board Member, Alex Degman.  Stevenson has been at WGIL for six years.  He is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. He has won several awards, including the Associated Press's Newsfinder of the Year, multiple times.  He is married to Heather Stevenson, who is News Director at WHBF-TV in the Quad Cities.

CBS Correspondent Bob Simon Dies

From CBS News.com

NEW YORK -- Bob Simon, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.

The award-winning newsman was 73.

NBC Suspends Anchor Brian Williams

From NBC News:
NBC News is suspending Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams for six months, without pay, in the wake of an internal review of comments about his experiences in the early days of the Iraq war.

In a memo to the entire staff, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced the decision, saying it was effective immediately.

"We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News," said Turness.

New Staffer at Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media/WILL has hired a new producer for ‘Focus’, its morning call-in/talk program.   Amanda Honigfort has been brought in to help re-launch the program in early 2015.   A native of St. Louis, Amanda recently completed an internship at NPR’s TED Radio Hour in Washington, DC.  Prior to that, the St. Louis University graduate interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, KWMU, assisting with two public affairs programs there.  She’s also held internships at PBS’ Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at WETA, and at St. Louis’ PBS Affiliate, the Nine Network of Public Media.